It's a day of sad farewells, kids: after tonight, two wonderful Seattle bands are leaving us, one to pursue other projects, the other to seek greener pastures in more country music-friendly territory. Not to mention the tragic demise of the Silver Jews. Well, I guess it's not tragic, exactly-- no one died-- but it's tragic to me, dammit.
But there are some beginnings tonight, too: the Cumulus Post-Rock Festival kicks off this evening at Chop Suey. Earth headlines,
and is supported by Joy Wants Eternity, Corespondents, This Is a
Process of a Still Life and Perish the Island. It's $8 for that show, or you can get in with a $20
wristband that's good for all three Cumulus Festival shows this
weekend. If you have not yet experienced the sonic pleasures of Earth,
you can download "Omens and Portents I: The Driver" from The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull and discover what you've been missing.
Ms. Led plays their last and final show ever this evening at High Dive
with Wallpaper and the Camellias; though Saeta is a nice consolation prize, this show will surely be a
bittersweet affair. It starts at 9 p.m. and costs $8.
Then, rockabilly sweethearts Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers are bidding farewell to Seattle tonight at Highway 99 Blues Club, supported by the Black Crabs and Tom Bennett and the Rolling Blackouts. That starts at 9 p.m. and costs $10. If you claim to love country music and have not seen these guys yet, do yourself a favor and go to this show, because from now on, they'll be based in Austin and will only play shows in Seattle when they're touring. Sigh. At least they're not breaking up.
Monthly hip hop showcase The Corner (it's on number 10 and still going strong) is happening at Jewelbox tonight; as always, it starts at 10:30 p.m. and costs $5. Folks performing include DJ Mr. Hill of Oldominion, King Dro, Dee.aLe, Othello and Ohmega Watts.
There's also Jonathan Coulton at the Moore Theatre; that starts at 8 p.m. and costs $25. Here's a little information on what he's all about:
Jonathan Coulton writes and records sweetly melodic folk-pop tunes
about brain-eating zombies and lovestruck mad scientists. His
geek-powered lyrics have earned him an Internet following so dedicated
that his fans have produced hours of music videos to accompany his
songs. In addition to receiving big ups from the gamer community for
his song "Still Alive," written for the end credits of the critically
acclaimed video game Portal, Coulton's become famous for setting
himself a seemingly impossible goal: Create one new song every week for
a year. The project forms the bulk of his music to date, and can be
found in a four CD set, Thing a Week 1-4. WARD RUBRECHT